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Travels in Turkey -
On the morning of our second day in Cappadocia we visited the Fairy Chimney Valley and the Goreme Open Air Museum (of ancient churches).
Cappadocia - Fairy Chimney Valley
Cappadocia is famous for its unique landscape of valleys and unusual rock formations, known as "fairy chimneys". The formation started log ago, when three volcanoes located on the edges of this region began erupting frequently. The deposits of volcanoes ash, lava and basalt laid the foundations for today's landscape. Earthquakes and erosion contributed to form the valleys and the "fairy chimneys".
The rock below the top layer of basalt is extremely soft and it can be easily carved. Communities carved their homes in the rock pillars and under the ground. Here is a close-up view of the fairy chimneys from inside a carved room.
High up on some of the fairy chimneys are carved pigeon holes, used to collect pigeon dung.
This is the view from up on a fairy chimney where pigeon dung is collected. Suzanna looks small down below.
The top of this fairy chimney looks like a rabbit’s head.
Suzanna enjoyed the shade from the hot sunshine at a nearby shop.
Cappadocia - Goreme Open-Air Museum
The Goreme Open-Air Museum has 11 monasteries carved into the rock formations; each with its own incredible church. Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.
Each rock-carved church has beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness.
The monasteries have rock-cut tables and benches.
To see more pictures of our Turkey Travels, click on one of the links below:
Arrival in Istanbul, Travel to Bursa and Uludag
Istanbul Mosques and Cathedrals
Istanbul Palaces and Historic Sites
Streets of Istanbul
Aspendos, Perge and Side
Antalya and Konya
Cappadocia – Day 1 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 1 Afternoon
Cappadocia – Day 2 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 2 Afternoon
Final Day in Istanbul